The programme will offer the possibility to research and develop work in and between two distinctly different contexts within Estonia. MoKS is located in a village in rural south Estonia and Ptarmigan in the capital city of Tallinn. MoKS is an organisation run by artists and researchers, with experience in organising a diverse program of residencies, art symposia, projects, workshops and more. Ptarmigan is an event-driven organisation that focuses on trans-disciplinary projects, building participatory culture and social practices.
Done Lab is a temporary space focused on making undone things "done".
A series of activities will comprise Done Lab, for anyone who struggles with unfinished letters, art, relationships, projects, writings, crafts, academic work, or other not suitably implemented ideas. Everyone (individuals and groups) is invited to come along, and in a supportive environment, find encouragement to make a new sense out of the unfinished past, in the reflective context of the present. Done Lab doesn't maintain ideas which are insensitive to current influences, not will matters be strictly implemented in already known, presumed, trite manner. Done Lab can deliver a working space (most likely in the Ptarmigan area), mental support, crew members, advice, and whatever else is needed and available to make things done. All processes will be carefully reflected upon and pushed until the very end.
The activities of Done Lab are spread among:
Fake It Til You Make It is a workshop/working group for those curious individuals looking to broaden their experience and skill-set. Each session of FITYMI will be on a different subject which could fall under areas of expertise such as construction, making, baking, electronics, mechanics, cooking, jewelry, physics, plants, and whatever else can be imagined. It is the purpose of the workshop to learn new things for the sake of learning and it is for this reason that participants will only discover the subject of each session upon arriving to the workshop. During each meeting there is a short talk about the subject and how to accomplish the objective of the FITYMI session followed by participants choosing how to proceed (experimenting with materials, accomplishing a project, discussion and/or playing) with food available at some point during the workshop.
To cover the expenses of materials and food for the workshop participants are asked to ‘pay what you can’. We'll have food to share at the end while we reflect on what we made.
Running/organizing the workshop is Justin Tyler Tate who instructs other workshops such as 'Fast and Raw' - Intermediate sushi and Under Your Skin (Tattooing Workshop). Tate has a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, a Doctorate in electronics and has an insatiable curiosity for new materials, techniques and ways of making.
Liminal Images is a monthly film and video night that looks at the transformative movements in film culture in the 20th century, specifically in the realm of experimental cinema. Each month, we will screen selections from a time before the moving image was all-pervasive (ie: nothing from the YouTube era, and only early, experimental video work). These films will range from classics of early 20th century surrealism to 1960’s agit-prop, structuralist and material cinema, and other such (anti-) classics.
The book Film as a Subversive Art by Amos Vogel will be the bible of Liminal Images, though it’s not an exclusive guide. Though the majority of the work we will show was created for the celluloid format, practical limitations mean that we will be screening video transfers of films, often sourced from bootleg or other illegitimate means. Liminal Images is intended to explore the underground history of cinema and shine a light onto the language of contemporary moving image techniques.
During Liminal Images events you may see work by filmmakers such as Hollis Frampton, Maya Deren, Carmelo Bene, Philippe Garrel, Dusan Makavejev, Peter Gidal, Yvonne Rainer, John Whitney, Stan Brakhage, Shûji Terayama, Christopher Maclaine, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, Joris Ivens, and George Landow (among others).
Ptarmigan Tallinn offers a funded residency platform for Nordic/Baltic artists in 2012 and 2013, which is sponsored by Kulturkontakt Nord's Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme. If you are interested in the funded residency, you must be a legal resident of Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, the Åland Islands, Finland, Latvia or Lithuania. If you are a resident of Estonia you are NOT eligible for the KK Nord grant programme.
Fo other residencies we cannot offer any funds or support beyond our enthusiasm and what we can scrape together of our non-monetary resources, but we are enthusiastic about mobility and having an international presence. If you have an idea for a short-term project that would work in a residency setting, please feel free to apply here.
Undo Lab is the inverse current to Done Lab, a fluid umbrella around processes that resist conclusions, definitions or results. Undo Lab activities seek to open, not close; these activities may involve collaboration, deconstruction, or disassembling in group situations. This is not the bizarro ugly sibling of Done Lab, but rather the necessary parallel process; a place for experimentation, where the emphasis is on experiments and attempts, rather than a cohesive output.
Clip Kino' events are self-organised screening events of short video clips & documentaries found online. It aims to drag aspects of normalised 'private' activity - of viewing downloaded content on one's own computer - into public space for screening, appreciation and debate. 'Media-environmental awareness' applies to include the social ecology of one's interests, desires, and attentions in one's peer-group and community.
GFYP is a free, monthly variety show at Ptarmigan Tallinn. GFYP celebrates diversity, ecleticism, obscurity, and obfuscation. Roughly each month we will bring together three or four acts from different disciplines. At a GFYP you are likely to encounter music, performance art, presentations, video, discussions, and interventions.
Each monthly manifestation of GFYP will take on a different form, the name divined via a mystical process that is one part Oulipo, one part I Ching. The July 2011 event Germ Free Youth Party was the genesis, from which all subsequent titles will be generated. Our hope is that as the title of the event evolves, the cultural cloud surrounding it will similarly develop.
Hobielektroonikaring "Elektron" is a regular working group for DIY hardware enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome to participate if you are interested in physical computing, open-source hardware hacking and related topics. The Arduino technology is particularly focused on.
Elektron will meet at least once a month, in a format that is a working group, workshop, and learning environment. Everyone is welcome; lack of previous experience is not an obstacle. However, if you have any prior experience, then please share it with the others!
Bring your laptop and anything else you might want to work on. We will get some Arduino hardware, breadboards, and other items and have them available for sale to participants.
Labyrinths and Rings is an ongoing series at Ptarmigan that features artists, musicians, filmmakers, cultural producers, or any other creative practitioner presenting their work to our audience. The guests will make short presentations of their work and practice, which is followed by a moderated question and answer session/discussion.
All L&R events will feature either a DJ or live background music, and food will be served according to a different theme for each night.
If you are passing through Tallinn and would be interested in presenting your work at a Labyrinths and Rings night, please contact us and propose your ideas.
Sketch Night is based on a simple idea: we get together and draw! Anyone (any skill level) who wants to come and do some drawing in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere is welcome to join us. (Don't forget to bring your own drawing materials, and feel free to bring snacks to share.)
As Paul Klee said, "A drawing is simply a line going for a walk." It's time to walk the line.
Svamp is a regularly-scheduled workshop for music improvisation. It does not involve money, careers or obligations -- only interpersonal and sound relationships. Svamp sessions may range from collective improvisation to directed exercises or game-playing. You do NOT have to be a professional or trained musician -- just something with an interest in sound, an open mind, and the ability to listen. If you would like to join Svamp, please contact Ptarmigan via email with a brief description of your musical background/interests.
John Cage turns 100 in 2012, and all manner of events are underway for a worldwide celebration. At Ptarmigan, we'll be hosting ongoing meetings that will investigate his numerous writings, theories, and compositions. The Tallinn Cage group is organised around the model that Cage's ideas are openings and portals into creative practice; we will begin as a reading group, but hopefully delve into interpretations and performances as the year progresses.
The group is open to all! For more information, see The Cage Centennial.
Hear Tallinn with new ears! Buildings and architecture are usually described in visual terms. But it is often our sense of hearing which assists us in experiencing and navigating through the spaces of urban cities.
There is no sound without space and no space without a sound. In every day life we are surrounded by the sounds of diverse nature and various origins. Language, sounds of nature and civilisation – sound as a carrier of information or as a factor of disturbance permanently encircles our consciousness.
During the month of May 2010, and over the summer of 2011, Tuned City Tallinn will undertake an acoustic exploration of Tallinn. The goal will be to identify and explore the sonic landmarks of the city which define its identity, shape its communication and transform the perceptions of its visitors and inhabitants. A fascinating cross-section of international artists, performers, scientists and thinkers will be brought together to present their ideas about sound and space. In addition, the public will be invited to participate directly through a series of workshops and sound walks and experience diverse site specific installations, performances and demonstrations. Tuned City Tallinn builds on ideas developed during the first ever event of its kind, held in Berlin during the summer of 2008.
Tuned City is part of the official program of the European Cultural Capital Tallinn 2011 and is co-produced with MoKs – center for art and social practice and is supported by the Tallinn 2011 Foundation, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Hasartmängumaksu Nõukogu, Eesti Vabariigi Kultuuriministeerium.